For Michelle, becoming a wellness professional was years in the making. After acquiring a master's degree in art, she supported a painting career by working as a graphic designer, spending many hours on computers under the stress of multiple deadlines. Before long, she found relief through massage therapy, a regular yoga practice, and Reiki, an energy-balancing practice. Observing the discomforts of others, she always felt compelled to share the wellness practices that had helped her so much.
Her approach to massage therapy is integrative and informed by more than 20 years of yoga practice and study and 18 years as a Reiki practitioner. She believes that healing the physical body requires consideration for a person's whole being. She practices deep tissue, Swedish, sports, & Table Thai Yoga massage. Her deep tissue work incorporates orthopedic, myofascial, and trigger point techniques, and she has helped with a range of chronic conditions including neck and low back pain, sciatica, SI joint dysfunction, and headaches, as well as thoracic outlet syndrome, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lateral and medial epicondylitis (aka tennis and golfer's elbows). As a yoga teacher she also weaves education into her sessions to help clients develop healthier posture, breathing, and movement patterns.
Michelle completed the 500 hour Professional Massage Therapy Training at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 2017 and the 300 hour Foundation for Yoga Therapy teacher training at Yoga Yoga in 2015 in Austin, Texas, and Advanced Reiki Practitioner training with Reiki Master Elaine J. Abrams in New York City in 2003.
In her free time she enjoys painting, her own personal yoga and meditation practice, and time in nature.
Michelle's mantra is: When people feel sincerely cared for it enhances their healing process.